Archive for July, 2009


Paul: What were the cool kids listening to in the Summer of 1993?


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Jon: (Belated) Seven Inch Saturday…

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The Star Death – “Feministica”

The Star Death

The Star Death were an amazing three piece feminist punk/noise band from St. Louis. In 2000, back when I lived in Massachusetts, my old band played a show with them at a  music/art collective called The Flywheel. I remember first meeting them and noticing that the singer had a giant Righteous Babe Records (Ani DiFranco) tattoo. Being 19 years old, and therefore a totally smug and judgemental ass, I immediately decided they were lame. Before they started playing I went outside to smoke and planned on not watching them at all.

Luckily there wasn’t a 10-foot-from-the-door smoking law in place yet, so I was standing close enough to the door to hear a snippet of the music leak through. All I could really hear was the bass, but I could tell instantly that something special was going on inside. I put out my cigarette and pushed to the front of the crowd.

What I ended up witnessing was one of the most heartfelt, vivacious, and rocking bands I have ever had the honor of playing with.

After they finished playing, I attacked them with praise and bought all their records, including the following 7″, Feministica.


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Jon: Is anyone else in Portland completely obsessed with those Mariko Locke State Farm Insurance billboards?

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All around Portland there are these billboards for State Farm Insurance and on each one they spotlight a different insurance agent. Suprisingly, most of the photographs are pretty badly done. Messy hair, ill fitting suits, awkard angles, and a compete lack of vision or energy. I mean, if I was trying to sell myself, I’d really want to freaking sell it in my head shot, right?

That’s why I love Mariko Locke. Yes, it’s true that she is a bit overdone. But at least she cares!

Mariko Locke, you are the most babe-tastic insurance agent ever!

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Jon: Photographer Amy Stein at Blue Sky Gallery….

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…it’s your last chance to see the show!

I have to admit, I really dropped the ball. It’s been almost a month since I saw  Amy Stein‘s amazing show, Domesticated, at Blue Sky Gallery in downtown Portland. I had intended to write about it but somehow it slipped my mind. Sorry about that! This is the last week to see the show. Trust me though, it is worth braving the 105 degree heatwave to get there.

Artist statement from Stein’s Website:

My photographs serve as modern dioramas of our new natural history. Within these scenes I explore our paradoxical relationship with the “wild” and how our conflicting impulses continue to evolve and alter the behavior of both humans and animals. We at once seek connection with the mystery and freedom of the natural world, yet we continually strive to tame the wild around us and compulsively control the wild within our own nature. Within my work I examine the primal issues of comfort and fear, dependence and determination, submission and dominance that play out in the physical and psychological encounters between man and the natural world. Increasingly, these encounters take place within the artificial ecotones we have constructed that act as both passage and barrier between domestic space and the wild.

The photographs in this series are constructed based on real stories from local newspapers and oral histories of intentional and random interactions between humans and animals. The narratives are set in and around Matamoras, a small town in Northeast Pennsylvania that borders a state forest.







Patti Smith Tribute Night….

was a total success!

All the performers raised over $500 for Siren Nation!

Here is video footage of Swallows’ performance:

see you at our next show?


Ahh! Paul and Jon’s computer broke!

We are bringing it in to be fixed soon though! That is why there has been a lack of posts from us. Hopefully it will only be a few more days though….

I’m at my desk at work (on my break), so I should go…

we love you Gaycondo readers!




Jon: Counterfeit Crochet…

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I wouldn’t have thought it possible, but these hand made (and thoroughly post-modern) Counterfeit Crochet bags are possibly more desirable  than the real deal.




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